When this community’s Summer Concert Series kicks off its 2018 season, it will do so under a new name and at a new venue.
Due to upcoming work at Beckwith Park, which has been home to the concert series since 1995, the fine arts series will be moved to the grounds of the James E. Snow Professional Building at Main & Front. Work at Beckwith Park will commence this week to re-establish safety.
Vickie Phillipson, Chamber of Commerce & DDA program director, who oversees the concert series, selected the new site based upon the building’s Main Street canopy that will provide ample protection for musicians from summer heat and spotty showers. She said the move to Dowagiac’s newest downtown building, named after former City Clerk Jim Snow, is apropos, since the forerunner of the modern-day concert series was organized by Jim in the late-1980s.
With the move, Phillipson said, we will temporarily drop “Beckwith Park” from the name. “Once the park is rebuilt, we hope to return to that location, within the direct flow of downtown restaurants. In the meantime, without losing a beat, our summer of music will march on, at its new site!”
The 10-week performance series, hosted by the Dowagiac Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has been underwritten this year by returning sponsors Honor Credit Union and Chemical Bank, as organizers also welcome Cass County Council on Aging as a new underwriter. Phillipson said all three are also very active members of the Chamber of Commerce, where they are contributing sponsors to such events as the Miss Dowagiac Scholarship Pageant, Easter Eggstravaganza, Summer in the City, our Christmas celebration and Ice Time Festival.
A hometown favorite, Southwestern Michigan College Brass Band kicks off the series June 7, at 7:30 p.m. Also performing this year will be: Allie Garland & Awesome Sauce, Tony Fields & Doug Decker, The Mickey’s, the Erika Sherry Band, Martila & Gee-Q, the Jared Knox Band, Out of Favor Boys, Schlitz Creek and a second hometown favorite Touch of Country.